BEING IN GRENADA these past few days, I have had a greater opportunity to listen closely to Grenadian radio as they have now turned to an almost complete diet of music related to the island's upcoming carnival.
I have also had the opportunity to visit a couple of local recording studios and listen first-hand to some of the material being prepared there for the festival.
While it is something that has been bothering me for a couple of years now - I am becoming more than satisfied that local Grenadian radio is doing a disservice to both carnival, and its array of promising artistes.
If you were to only listen to most of the stations -- you'd come to the conclusion that there is a less than exciting crop of music this season.
But I am satisfied that it is not as bad as it sounds.
If I was a believer in conspiracy theories, I would have said that some industry players in the radio are part of a wider plot to destabilize Grenadian music.
You listen to the stations and you'd get mostly ill-baked jab-jab laced one- dimensional rhythms with lyrics as empty as Caribbean treasuries and hopelessly pointless.
Indeed that refreshing authentic Grenadian sound is quickly being diluted and short changed -- aided and abetted by people who make choices of what needs to be played on radio that don't have the artistic appreciation nor cultural depth to do so.
SOS someone -- because this is a crisis -- and its slipping fast.
The thing about what the radio is deciding to play -- is that it sets it up as THE standard -- and a lot of the artistes who are capable of much better end up giving the stations -- not the people -- what they want.
Only that could explain how within 12 months Brother B can go from that cheeky infectious song of last season, to a pointless ode to liquor.
(Coming soon on this blog, the 10 most over hyped song of the season that aint worth it; and the 10 songs that should have been played more).